Womp womp womp…
After a pretty solid 16 weeks of training came a period of necessary recalibration. Week 17 (Feb 27) and week 18 (March 6) were two weeks where not much was done. I got a workout or two here and there, but my consistency just went out of the window. I only ran a total of 13.55 miles for the two weeks put together!
There were a few causes to this which taught me some things about myself. On both weeks, it was an open schedule which meant that it was up to me to figure out what I wanted to do each day since there weren’t any workouts assigned.
That was the first mistake. When it comes to my fitness, apparently I need a strict schedule to keep me on track. It’s likely one of the reasons why I failed at living a healthy lifestyle before I met Jay, because there was no structure in the beginning. So the solution is to always have a predetermined workout regimen set for the week beforehand.
What gets scheduled, gets done.
The second learning experience is the power of expectations. When it warmed up outside and I was able to start running outdoors, I had begun expecting that weather to continue. So when it became freezing outside again, my motivation went out the window, because my excitement to run outside was shot down.
There’s a story that illustrates how detrimental certain expectations can be. On an 18-hour overseas flight filled with entrepreneurs and business people, the passengers knew that they would not have internet or Wi-Fi for the majority of the flight. Nearing the end of the flight, the pilot comes on the speakers and announces that internet and Wi-Fi is now available, so the passengers were excited. However, after ten minutes, the internet cuts out. The passengers start complaining in a frenzy and are furious over the loss of internet.
How is it that these passengers were able to fly for the majority of an 18-hour flight without internet in peace, but once they were given internet for ten minutes and lose it, they go crazy?? It’s because of expectations not being met. They first had certain expectations at the beginning of the flight, which changed when the announcement was given. So when that new expectation had failed to be met, people were upset.
My expectations of having warm weather to run in held me back from continuing when the cold weather hit. My solution for this is to maintain the right expectations for myself AND to remember why I was pursuing this difficult path in the first place.
This wasn’t the first time I’ve had poor training weeks and this won’t be the last, but at least I learned what needs to be done in order to set myself up for success.